The scrap among the main political parties and the media focus on protest violence has taken public attention away from the purpose and future of public universities in the UK, says beliefs and values thinktank Ekklesia.
Higher education in England has changed forever. It is no exaggeration to say that universities are in their twilight hours as public institutions for the universality of people and ideas, says John Heathershaw. The discussions during the occupation at the University of Exeter show that there are alternatives.
Media coverage of recent student protests in London has consistently presented the violence of a very small minority as worse than the action of of the Coalition Government, and has tried to tar all who entered the courtyards and buildings of Millbank Tower with the same brush. Tim Saunders and other Christians opposed to the cuts and supportive of non-violent action examine the events from a different perspective.